The Angel of Vine
By Matthew William
On November 14, 2018 the Forever Dog Podcast Network (which according to their website produces innovative podcasts and limited series from next level comedians) quietly dropped a new audio drama from production company Vox Populi: The Angel of Vine.
And the cast, ladies and gentleman, is incredible.
Joe Manganiello from True Blood is joined by the likes of Misha Collins (Supernatural), Mike Colter (Luke Cage himself!), Alfred Molina (too many credits to list, of which Doc Ock from Spiderman 2 is the most well known?), Khary Payton (Ezekiel from the Walking Dead), Alan Tudyk (Firefly, Rogue One, and countless other voice roles), and Constance Zimmer (UnReal).
This is in addition to some truly veteran voice actors – Travis Willingham (Roy Mustang in the English dub of Fullmetal Alchemist), Matthew Mercer (involved in the English dubs of various anime, as well as cartoons, films, and video games), and Nolan North (Nathan Drake from the Uncharted series) to name just a few.
This is easily the most stacked cast for narrative podcast we’ve seen (heard?) since 2017’s Homecoming, which starred, among others, Catherine Keener,
boring Han Solo Oscar Isaac, and Ross from Friends David Schwimmer.
And if the cast alone wasn’t enough to convince you to download, here’s the synopsis:
The Angel of Vine is a noir tale told in true crime style. The “podcaster,” a journalist named Oscar Simons (Oliver Vaquer), is fascinated by cold cases. One of the most infamous is “The Angel of Vine,” a gruesome murder in 1950s Hollywood. Young aspiring actress Marlene Marie Evans was found in a parking lot, her body mutilated and posed, with evidence either nonexistent or destroyed when she was discovered by a stampede of curious onlookers.
The police gave up with no leads, and the case would never be closed… or would it? Ex-cop and private detective Hank Briggs (Joe Manganiello) may have solved the case, but he never told a soul. It’s up to Oscar to search through Hank’s mountain of tapes and clues from more than 60 years ago to uncover the killer.
All in all, a strong hook and a stacked cast. What more could you ask for?
The show straddles the line between a true crime show and an Audio Drama perfectly, and the gritty story line is enough to keep the most demanding listener begging for more.
Shows like this are beginning to prove to the world that Audio Drama is truly coming back with a vengeance. The first season is complete and can be listened to here.